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CULTURAL INVESTMENT GRANT BACKGROUND

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture's (MOAC) Cultural Investment Grant (CIG) is a $10 million multi-year investment through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). It aims to grow and sustain arts and cultural organizations that have a clear vision of a creative, equitable, and more just city. CIG will build capacity for organizations working with communities in Boston who have been most harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly communities of color. Grant amounts will range from $600,000-$3 million distributed over four years. 

Read the full grant guidelines here. 

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LETTER OF INQUIRY AND APPLICATION PROCESS

All organizations that clearly meet the criteria and eligibility outlined in the Cultural Investment Grant are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by February 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.  Letters of inquiry will be reviewed for eligibility and alignment by a cohort of MOAC staff over a series of three rounds.

To learn more about the application process for the Cultural Investment Grant and how to submit a Letter of Inquiry, please visit here.

LOI Tips

  • Wondering if this is for your organization? Uncertainty is okay! We encourage you to apply if your organization meets the criteria and you are excited about this opportunity. We are available to field your questions.
  • Keep it clear and simple. Decisions will not be made on language, writing and/or grammar. We will read each organization’s LOI for content versus how you write or how much you write.
  • Keep in mind the Cultural Investment Grant is unrestricted funding for arts and cultural organizations. It does not fund the following:
    • Projects
    • Individuals
    • Other foundations or grant-giving organizations
    • Faith-based organizations
    • Organizations with budgets over $3M

Office Hours

MOAC staff are available to talk over any questions through phone calls, emails and virtual meetings. We will host virtual open office hours in January. Office hours will include a brief overview of the CIG for the first 10 minutes, and the remaining time will be open for questions and answers. We encourage organizations to schedule a phone call or attend a virtual open office hour.

Open office hours:

For technical assistance, please contact us at artsgrants@boston.gov or (617) 635-4445.

Formal Application Preview

Following reviewing all LOI submissions, MOAC will invite organizations that strongly meet the criteria and eligibility for the Cultural Investment Grant to submit a full application. The Community Advisory Team will work in partnership with organizations invited to formally apply to submit a full application by Monday, March 13, 2023. The Cultural Investment Grant application process will consist of interviews with the Cultural Advisory Team (CAT). The CAT will interview the leader(s) of the organization, one staff member and at least one community member. At least seven organizations will be selected for the CIG.

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT

People who seek technical support and accommodations in the application process can reach out via email at artsgrants@boston.gov or call (617) 635-4445. This includes, but is not limited to: People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, or have difficulty speaking and/or reading. Large print and translated materials are available upon request.

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